Dominating the 45 bus terminus at West Heath, Birmingham is the Catholic Church of St. John Fisher. Even though it rises from below road level, the lofty octagonal building is impressive from every angle, even from the nearby Lickey Hills.
The predominant feature is a large octagonal dome surmounted by a large bronze cross. This copper dome has now toned to a soft green tint, a pleasing contrast to the honey coloured brickwork.
Over the main entrance the large statue of St. John Fisher offers a blessing to all who enter, pass by or are waiting for the bus!
The parish of St. John Fisher, West Heath was founded on 30th September 1956. The first parish priest, Fr. Philip Smith, celebrated Mass at Turves Green School and later at Archbishop Masterson School for Girls. Work on the new church building commenced on 5th March 1962 with Fr. Smith
cutting the first sod. The foundation stone was laid by Archbishop Grimshaw on 25th June that year.
The church was opened on 31st March 1964 and consecrated by Archbishop Dwyer
on 22nd June 1972, the feast of St. John Fisher.
The church serves as a focal point for nearly 900 Catholic families in West Heath area. The doors are open to all, whether it be just to look around this beautiful building with its four stained glass windows depicting Our Lord as Good Shepherd, Teacher, King and Redeemer, or to escape the hurly-burly of the outside world to spend a few moments in quite thought before the Blessed Sacrament.
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